The bacteria, fungi, and microorganisms that live in your gastrointestinal system are what make up your gut microbiome. Your gut microbiome may be influenced by aging, lifestyle choices, and the environment. These factors also affect your metabolism, immune system, appetite regulation, and more.

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Gut health is important for whole-body health.

A balanced gut microbiome can support metabolic, immune, digestive, and behavioral health while supporting a healthy weight and fertility.

Your healthy gut microbiome is made up of a variety of microorganisms that support proper digestion. If you suffer from symptoms like bloating, indigestion, and fatigue, your body may be having trouble absorbing and utilizing the nutrients that you consume.

Your immune system is in charge of defending your body against infections, viruses, and destructive microorganisms. Did you know that your gut microbiota also works as a line of defense against pathogens you’ve eaten? Antimicrobial compounds are secreted by a healthy gut to combat germs.

Your gut microbiome can influence your everyday mood and dietary habits. Certain microorganisms that impact neurotransmitter release connect the gut and the brain. As a result, your gut microbiota has the ability to impact your mood and cognitive functions. A healthy gut can support mental clarity and tighter control over your eating patterns.

An unbalanced gut microbiome can also affect hormonal balance. This may disrupt menstrual cycles and lead to irregular periods, ovulation issues, PCOS, endometriosis, and eventually affect reproductive success.

Vaginal Microbiome

There are numerous local advantages of our body’s microbiome. Healthy GI flora colonies have a favorable whole-body effect. Probiotics are particularly beneficial for women as many of the same bacterial species present in the GI tract are also naturally present in the uterine and vaginal microbiome.

The vagina is home to a large, diverse colony of beneficial bacteria called a microbiome. A healthy microbiome can support feelings of freshness, comfort, and health. The bacterial colonies that make up your vaginal microbiome require balance to support reproductive and uterine health and fertility.

A balanced microbiome can take care of itself and your health. If your vaginal microbiome is neglected, it may become weak and unable to fend off attacks from harmful pathogens and yeast. This can result in overgrowth of “bad” colonies that ultimately disrupt the balance of your vaginal microbiome. 

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Functional medicine is a distinct approach that examines the complex interconnections across each body system and aims to comprehend their relationship in order to pinpoint the source of physiological dysfunction. Identifying the source of the problem begins with the gut to establish the cornerstones of G.I. health, which include:

  • Digestion
  • Absorption
  •  Excretion
  •  Detoxification
  •  Microbiome Balance

These pillars are important gut health aspects that work together to form a robust framework for optimal health. To aid the digestive process, gastric juices, enzymes, and hydrochloric acid are secreted by our bodies to metabolize protein, lipids, and carbs for fuel while absorbing micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.

Most healthy, balanced vaginal microbiomes consist of Lactobacillus bacterial communities, including:

  • L crispatus
  • L acidophilus 
  • L iners
  • L gasseri
  • L jensenii

Lactobacillus strains help maintain a naturally acidic vaginal pH to restore the balance of healthy bacteria and better support the intestinal, vaginal, and uterine microbiome.

Balancing the vaginal microbiome with Lactobacillus strains may also support fertility as the uterine and vaginal microbiome are closely linked. 

Beneficial bacteria support key functions in your body, including digestion, metabolism, immune system, and reproductive health. These processes can have an impact on fertility. Studies have shown that a lactobacillus dominant vaginal microbiome supports higher chances of conception and embryo implantation.

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